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Dr. Katherine Taylor
(202) 245-6716
Katherine.Taylor@ed.gov

Description:

PURPOSE
The Methods Training Using Single-Case Designs (Single-Case Methods) topic supports the training of researchers to maintain and enhance their methodological skills related to the use of rigorous single-case designs (SCDs) and associated data analysis techniques. The training also helps researchers learn about advances in SCDs that increase the rigor and acceptance of these designs.

Although experimental group designs provide strong evidence of the casual impact of interventions, they are not always feasible. For example, researchers focused on studying low-incidence disabilities may not be able to obtain the sample size needed for a group design study. SCD is a type of experimental design that does not require large samples, as researchers observe a single case—such as a child or classroom—while actively manipulating the treatment to determine whether the outcome of interest is related to the treatment. Many researchers rely on SCD to examine the causal effects of interventions for children with low-incidence disabilities or to supplement group design studies to better understand how interventions work for certain students or subgroups of students. Training researchers in the proper use of SCD methods is crucial to ensure high-quality research that informs education stakeholders.

This program has provided early career and experienced researchers with intensive, relevant training in SCD that applies directly to their current and future work.

PORTFOLIO SUMMARY
Since 2014, NCSER has invested over $1 million in 2 research grants to support Single-Case Methods training.
Methods Training Using Single-Case Designs
Unsolicited and Other Awards: Single Case Design Research Training Institute

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